For this roundup, we picked out a few of the best Tumblr-style WordPress themes available in 2017. These minimalistic themes are perfect for writers and bloggers who love the simplicity of Tumblr, but don’t want to miss out on the power and extensibility provided by the WordPress platform.
When putting this list together, we discovered that many of the older tumblog themes on the market are starting to look dated. With that in mind, we tried to select newer themes that reflect contemporary design trends and layouts. We also purposely avoided including overtly complex themes: for this roundup, less was more.
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Anyway, let’s check out some themes.
A simple, Tumblr-style grid theme that’s perfect for blogging, portfolios and photography. Gridify is fully responsive, and supports all of WordPress’s built-in post formats. It’s easy to install and use–an excellent pick for beginner bloggers. And there’s a version available for Tumblr itself, too, if you decide to go that direction instead.More Info/Download
The modern and trendy weekly® theme is a perfect fit for simple tumblr-style blogs, magazines and newspapers. The theme is fully responsive and includes a custom post type for reviews.More Info/Download
Minimalistic, fast and user-friendly, the Blooog theme by ThemeBeans is a clear stand out. With full support for the Live Theme Customizer, this responsive theme couldn’t be easier to tweak and brand. It’s responsive, retina-ready, SEO optimized and fully localized. PSD files are included.More Info/Download
Anew boasts a clean-cut, traditional tumblog design. It’s mobile-ready and optimized for the latest high-resolution devices. An extensive options panel on the back-end gives site owners control over colors, fonts and more. Anew is SEO friendly and translation ready.More Info/Download
Shift is a bit older, but you wouldn’t guess it: the design remains fresh, and the developers keep everything up to date. This Tumblr-style WordPress theme is responsive, retina-ready, and even comes with its own built-in SEO settings. Easy to customize using the included options panel. Oh, and 16 PSDs and comprehensive documentation are also included.More Info/Download
We like Fable enough that it’s appeared on several of our other Siteturner roundups. It’s easily one of the best WordPress themes from the renowned team at ElegantThemes. A subscription gives you access to the entire ElegantThemes catalog, so this is probably the best bang for your buck on our list (there’s a reason they have nearly 300,000 customers).More Info/Download
Hermoso is colorful, user-friendly and optimized for speed. It’s responsive & retina-ready – so it’s going to look fantastic on the latest high-resolution devices – and comes with plenty of options to play with. Hermoso translation ready, constantly updated, and expertly supported by the good folks at cssigniter.More Info/Download
This minimal, expertly designed tumblog theme is responsive and optimized for retina, high-res devices. A dark and light skin are included, and Minute is SEO friendly to help secure a top ranking in Google. Users can also choose between a classic layout and grid-based, masonry style layout.More Info/Download
Acute is another excellent, light-weight Tumblr-style theme from the team at ThemeBeans. It comes with a variety of useful widgets, it supports the most popular post formats, and its a breeze to customize using the theme options panel. CSS3 animations add a touch of visual flair. Contact Form 7 is supported, and Acute is SEO optimized and fully translatable.More Info/Download
Like any good premium tumblog theme, Basata is responsive, retina-ready and supports WordPress’ post formats and embedded media. An extended admin panel gives users access to over 600 Google fonts. 16 custom widgets and 30+ shortcodes are built-in for more flexibility.More Info/Download
LogBook is based on the popular and robust Bootstrap framework from Twitter. Notable features include the ability to add a custom, unique background to each post, a slide-out sidebar, and a theme options panel based on the Redux framework. Easy to use and straight forward to install.More Info/Download
Núvellen is blogging theme for WordPress that comes with some nice portfolio and gallery features. All the must-haves are here, like retina-ready and responsive design, SEO optimization, and localization. All WordPress post formats are supported, and each can be individually customized via the Live Customizer. Well documented.More Info/Download
And that’s it for our look at the best Tumblr-style themes for WordPress. Maybe you liked a few. Maybe you hated a few. Maybe you felt nothing at all. Who knows? We’ll never know. See you next time!